Hirschman, who earned his CU degree in three years and has two seasons of eligibility remaining, played in eight games in 2012. The 6-4, 230-pound native of Los Gatos, Calif., completed 55 of 93 passes for 589 yards, notching two touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“Kyle Pohl is No. 1 because he earned that, but everybody needs competition,” Bowden said. “Kyle’s had a great summer. He’s the one that organizes the summer throwing. I think he knows somebody’s come in that wants to take his position.”
Minutemen marching on: Massachusetts is beginning its second season in the Football Bowl Subdivision after going 1-11 last year. The Minutemen, who defeated Akron 22-14 for their lone 2012 win, are the media's pick to finish last in the MAC East Division this season.
“It means zero to me, but if you based it on where we were a year ago, that’s exactly where we should be picked,” UMass coach Charley Molnar said.
Massachusetts is playing its home games at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, while its campus stadium is being renovated. The Minutemen averaged just under 11,000 fans at Gillette in 2012.
“It grows slowly, but it grows,” Molnar said when asked about support for the program. “I’d like a tidal wave of support to come in, but realistically, why would it and why should it? We’ll have to earn every bit of respect that we get.”